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Thursday, 7 February 1929

Dr EARLE PAGE - The act embodies the principle that any amount of property used as a home, even though exceeding £300, is not taken into account in determining the amount of an old-age pension. Further any claimant whose property does not exceed £400 may receive a pension, though a reduction is made in the amount of pension where the property exceeds £50. It is not proposed to extend these provisions.

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

As a result of his promise to look into the many vexatious and unnecessary questions oldage pension applicants have to answer, has he decided to eliminate any of these questions?

Dr EARLE PAGE - The questions which applicants for old-age pensions have to answer have been reduced to a minimum,andIfeelthatanyfurtherre duction would not be in the interests of applicants, as delay would be likely to arise in the determination of their claims.

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